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May 26, 2019

Aitkaf begins today

Lahore

May 26, 2019

LAHORE: Preparations are underway by millions of believers to begin observing Aitkaf from Sunday evening (today) before Maghrib prayers in thousands of mosques across the country.

Aitkaf is an intensive worship observed during the last 10-days of Ramazan by remaining confined to a small place inside a mosque or a house (for women). It has been a regular Sunnah (practice of the Holy Prophet SAW) and carries a multitude of blessings of Almighty which are enviable for their cherished reward in the hereafter. Believers will end Aitkaf after the sighting of the Eidul Fitr moon. Men observe Aitkaf in small cubicles set up inside mosques by hanging large cloth sheets, whereas women observe it at any corner or quite place in the house which is not frequented by others. City mosques in Lahore have been tastefully decorated with lighting and buntings, while spaces are being allocated to the worshippers on the first-come-first-served basis because of an ever increasing number of those willing to observe Aitkaf. The worshippers observing Aitkaf spend their time reading the Holy Quran, Nawafil and praying Almighty for showering His blessings on human beings in general and Muslims in particular. Talking to The News, a worshipper said he intended to offer special prayers for the security and solidarity of the Pakistani nation and for resolution of all the crises facing its citizens including load-shedding, price hike, lawlessness, drought etc. He said he would especially pray for elimination of load-shedding and terrorism, and for the restoration of peace in the country. Under the directives of the district administration, special security measures have been taken at mosques to ensure safety of the believers in view of the prevailing law and order situation. A majority of mosques had collected copies of the identity cards and other particulars from the worshippers before allocating them places to observe Aitkaf by apportioning small cubicles made by hanging cloth sheets. These worshippers are provided Sehri and Iftari by their relatives inside the mosques to facilitate them concentrate on their worship. But as part of worship and regular practice during Ramazan, many philanthropists and common citizens send food items for Sehri and Iftari to local mosques to facilitate the poor and needy who come to mosques for the purpose.

Large city mosques usually become the center of Aitkaf where hundreds of worshippers gather for the religious duty. These including the traditional large mosques like Badshahi Masjid, Data Darbar masjid, Muslim masjid, Shadman masjid, Minhajul Quran masjid Baghdad Town, Sunehri Masjid Lohari, Masjid Shuhada Mall Road, Jamia Ashrafia, Jamia Naeemia, etc. The largest gathering of aitkaf observing believers will be at AItikaf City under Minhaj Ul Quran at Baghdad Town where women will also include among them. TMQ chairmen Dr. Tahir Ul Qadri will address the worshippers daily at 11:30 PM, through video link from

Canada. Chairman Supreme Council of Minhaj Quran Dr Hassan Mohiuddin Qadri visited Itiqaf City on Saturday.

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